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Title Catalyst : Fertility/The Decade Of The Brain/Astronomy.

Published Australia : ABC [broadcaster], 2010 September 23 at 20:00:00.


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Physical description 1 streaming video file (27 min. 14 sec.) ; 164897105 bytes
Notes Closed captioning in English.
Summary Part two of Catalyst's 10th Birthday edition celebrating ten years on television with a retrospective of scientific achievement in the first decade of this millennium FERTILITY There's no doubt that in vitro fertilisation has been instrumental in shaping the way we procreate. In the last 10 years medical and social shifts have helped growing numbers of infertile couples to have babies. Thirty years after Australia's first test tube baby was born Maryanne Demasi looks back on the triumphs of an increasingly fertile industry. THE DECADE OF THE BRAIN It's no exaggeration to say the last 10 years have witnessed a revolution in our understanding of the brain. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and bold new testing paradigms have opened up a new world of understanding about brain development. The take home message of the decade is that the brain is far more adaptable than anyone ever suspected. Landmark studies take us from genes, to neurochemistry, to the shaping of individual personalities - and how that determines the likelihood of outcomes like ending up in gaol! As Jonica Newby experienced in 2006, a gene can determine how quickly you damp down your natural stress response, which in turn predicts your likelihood of clinical depression under stress. Jonica finds the fun in this retrospective romp through a decade of the brain. ASTRONOMY Arguably the biggest success story in astronomy, in the decade Catalyst has been on air, is the Hubble Space Telescope. It celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We take a look at some of the amazing images Hubble has given us over the years, and discover the major contributions it has made to astronomy. For example, Hubble accurately pinned down the age of the universe, found hard evidence for dark energy and it showed the existence of super-massive black holes at the centres of galaxies. Astrophysicist, Dr Graham Phillips, takes a peek at the eventual replacement for Hubble: the James Webb Telescope, that will be more powerful than Hubble and will orbit much further from Earth.
Audience Classification NC ACMA.
Other author Phillips, Graham, host.
Demasi, Maryanne, reporter.
Horstman, Mark, reporter.
Newby, Jonica, reporter.
Bartzokis, George, contributor.
Berry, Chuck, contributor.
Bowman, Mark, contributor.
Djerassi, Carl, contributor.
Forbes, Duncan, contributor.
Gage, Fred, contributor.
McBain, John, contributor.
Monasterio, Erik, contributor.
Neville, Richard, contributor.
Pantelis, Christos, contributor.
Poulton, Richie, contributor.
Reed, Candice, contributor.
Sackett, Penny, contributor.
Tremellen, Kelton, contributor.
Weisberg, Edith, contributor.
Wilkinson, Claire, contributor.
Wood, Carl, contributor.
Subject Astronomy.
Brain -- Magnetic resonance imaging.
Fertilization in vitro, Human.
Giant panda.